Headline, June 06 2021/ ''' '' THE TIMES : TEARS TAP '' '''

''' '' THE TIMES : 

TEARS TAP '' '''

THE MOST VULNERABLE VICTIMS : CHILDREN - STUDENTS: These are the angelic children. These are the students - nearly all Palestinians, all perished and lost in the Hamas and Israel's war.

The World Students Society mourns - and shares the hopeless, endearing and helpless sufferings of the parents of these students. The will of Almighty God prevails, and to that we all submit.

When asked to describe how they felt, many parents answered with a simple ''It's God's will,'' their voices often reduced to a whisper, the words conveying a resignation. They said their children had wanted to be doctors, artists and leaders.

''I'm in disbelief,'' said Saad Asaliyah, a taxi driver from Jabaliya, who lost his 10-year-old daughter, ''I try to calm myself by saying it was God's will for her to go.''

During 11 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas, at least 67 children under age 18 were killed in Gaza and two in Israel, according to initial reports.

Nearly all the children killed were Palestinians. Gaza is crowded and its population skews young, with about half under the age of 18.

So when Israeli warplanes hit homes and residential neighborhoods, the number of children at risk is extraordinary. Sometimes nearly entire households disappear with a single blast.

Israel blames Hamas for the high civilian death toll in Gaza because the group fires rockets and conducts military operations from the civilian areas. Israel's critics cite the death toll as evidence that Israel strikes were indiscriminate and disproportionate.

Children/Students are the most vulnerable. In Gaza, they grew up amid widespread poverty and high unemployment, and cannot travel freely in or out of the territory because of the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt.

''People think there has to be some rationale,'' said Raji Sourani, director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza, ''but the bottom line is, they want to inflict pain and suffering.''

The low toll on the Israeli side also reflected an imbalance in defensive capabilities.

The four brothers were asleep at their uncle and aunts's home, Muhammad al-Hadidi said, when an Israeli bomb ripped through the sieling, killing them, their mother, their aunt and four cousins.

.- Student Suheib al-Hadidi, 12, lived with his parents and four brothers in the crowded Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. He was fascinated by birds, which had a freedom he could only imagine, He owned a cockatiel, trained to sit on his shoulder and envisioned a future as a breeder, his cousin, Abdullah al-Hadidi said.

.- Student Yahya al-Hadidi, 10, his brother, was a shy boy who liked riding his bike and playing with cats, Mr. al-Hadidi said.

.- Student Osma al-Hadidi, 5, was considered one of the most stylish members of his family. He changed clothes frequently and took pains to perfect his looks. Mr. al-Hadidi said. ''He would shower and change his clothes every two hours.

.- Student Abdurrahman al-Hadidi, 7, studied English, dreamed of traveling to Turkey and like playing with remote controlled cars, his father, Muhammad al-Hadidi said.

 .- Student Tala Abu Elouf, 13 - and her father called her ''Galaxy.'' He thought she had the skin color of  a Galaxy chocolate bar. She was quick with a joke, and her father, Dr. Ayman Abu Elouf, adored her, said Alaa Abu Elouf, her cousin.

.- Student Tawfiq Abu Elouf, 17, her brother was a serious student, intensely prepping for the standardized tests. Palestinians take in their senior year of high school, Mr. Abu Elouf said.

Brother, sister, mother and father were killed in Israeli airstrikes on AI Wahda Street, in Gaza City on May 16, Mr. Abu Elouf said.

.- Student Raffef Abu Dayer, 10, liked to draw. She had sketched one of the high-rise buildings that an Israeli airstrike destroyed in Gaza City two days earlier and had started to color in her drawing room when her mother called her for lunch.

''You can go back to drawing after you eat,'' her mother said.

The girl sat down to lunch with 13 relatives in a private residential garden. Minutes later, Israel attacked a building nearby, an uncle said. Shrapnel and rubble struck Refeel. She and another uncle were killed.

.- Student Dima Asaliyah, on May 19, the day before Israel and Hamas agreed to cease-fire,  was walking home from her older sister's house carrying an electric pizza oven.

It was a small one, her father, Saad Asaiyah, said, the size of a soccer ball, that the family used to bake bread. An Israeli surveillance drone had been hovering overhead, and Mr. Asalyah now wonders if Israeli soldiers mistook it for a weapon.

''Maybe their alarms went off because of the stove,'' he said. ''But did they not see how small she was?'' 

There was an explosion, and his youngest child was gone. ''Do you see her picture?'' he asked. ''She's worthy of our grief.''

It was late at night and even though the feast celebrating the end of Ramadan was over. student Dana Ishkontana, 9, and Lana Ishkontana, 5, wanted to dress up in their new holiday outfits. Their uncle, Raed Ishkontana, snapped pictures on his phone while their two brothers, Yahaya Ishkontana, 4, and Zain Ishkontana, 2, watched, Mr. Ishkontana recalled.

Then he stepped out to get snacks for the family, chocolate candy bars and potato chips. The four children and their mother were killed in an Israeli airstrike, he said. ''I wish I never left.''

The mourning, in overwhelming sadness of this publishing, continues. The World Students Society thanks authors Mona El-Naggar, Adam Rasgon and Mona Boshnaq.

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